Qatar’s Real Estate Brokerage: Law No. (22) of 2017 Insights

February 15, 2024 6:52 pm

Do you want to launch a real estate brokerage company in Qatar? Before embarking on this entrepreneurial challenge, you must understand the subtleties of Law No. (22) of 2017. This will not only covers the licensing criteria and application process, but also discusses the scope of brokerage operations, the critical role of the Real Estate Brokers Affairs Committee, and the responsibilities that come with the territory. Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or fresh to the real estate sector, grasping these crucial components will help you develop and navigate your own brokerage company in Qatar’s competitive property market.

Scope of Brokerage Activities

  • Definition: Real estate brokerage, the cornerstone of property transactions, involves mediating between parties.
  • Inclusions: Ministerially controlled activities encompass promotion, auctions, property management, and valuation.

Prerequisites of Brokerage Activities

For Individuals:

  • Qatari Nationality: Exclusive to citizens.
  • Full Qualification: Demonstrated competence in real estate matters.
  • Good Conduct: A clean reputation with no criminal record.
  • Specialized Training: Successful completion of specified real estate tests and courses.
  • Previous Employment: A three-year gap is required if associated with relevant ministries.
  • Headquarters: Must possess a suitable office in Qatar meeting Ministerial specifications.

For Legal Entities:

  • Corporate Structure: Must be a company in line with commercial laws.
  • Qatari Partnership: At least 51% of capital must be contributed by Qatari partner(s).
  • Headquarters: The company’s primary office must be situated in Qatar.
  • Managerial Requirements: The manager must fulfill individual prerequisites.

Application Process:

  • Detailed Application: Submission of comprehensive applications with supporting documents.
  • Form Approval: The administration reviews the application within fifteen days.
  • Decision Notification: Approval or Rejection communicated within the stipulated timeframe.
  • Rejection Reasons: If rejected, the administration provides a reasoned rejection.
  • Grievance Filing: Within 60 Days, rejected applicants can file a grievance with the Real Estate Brokers Affairs Committee.
  • Committee Decision: The committee decides on grievances within thirty days.
  • Ministerial Approval: Final Authorization, committee decisions require Ministerial approval within sixty days.

Real Estate Brokers Affairs Committee

Formation and Responsibilities:

  • Consists of a minimum of five members appointed by the Minister.
  • Responsible for addressing grievances, reviewing complaints, setting ethical standards, and more.
  • Ensures accountability and fairness in the real estate brokerage sector.

Broker’s Oath and Responsibilities

Oath Taking:

  • A mandatory oath-taking process before the committee, emphasizing honesty and honor.

Broker’s Duties:

  • Maintenance of confidentiality, avoidance of conflicts, and meticulous record-keeping.
  • Adherence to specific ethical guidelines defined by the committee.

Obligations of the Real Estate Broker

Before Undertaking Brokerage Work:

  • Taking an oath before the committee pledging honorable and honest professional conduct.
  • Responsibilities include carrying out business personally or through a responsible manager.

During Brokerage Work:

  • Maintaining confidentiality of transactions, documents, and contracts.
  • Avoiding actions that harm the interests of the parties involved.


Maintaining organized books with detailed records approved by the administration.

Public Transparency:

Displaying the broker’s name, company type, and registration number prominently.

Data Provision:

Providing all data and information related to the broker’s activity upon request by the administration.

Lost or Damaged Documents:

Notifying the administration immediately in case of loss, destruction, or damage of essential documents.

Client Interaction:

Providing a receipt for received documents and returning them upon completion or request.

Sanctions and Disciplinary Measures:

Violation Consequences:

  • Violations of the law or ethical standards lead to disciplinary actions.
  • Penalties range from blame to permanent license cancellation.
  • Increased fines and license revocation for recidivism.

License Suspension and Cancellation:

  • Administrative authority to temporarily suspend or cancel licenses for violations.
  • Licensees have the right to file grievances within specified timeframes.

General Provisions for Property Transactions:

Advertising Guidelines:

  • Only property owners or authorized individuals can advertise transactions.
  • Advertisements must include accurate property descriptions and relevant details.

Notification Protocols:

Communication Procedures:

  • Parties involved in real estate transactions will be notified at their registered residences or places of business.
  • Ensures transparency in communication regarding administrative or committee decisions.

Adjustment Period for Existing Entities

Transition Guidelines:

  • Existing real estate brokerage entities must align with the new law within specified timeframes.
  • Non-compliance may lead to penalties or license revocation.

Understanding these intricacies is vital for anyone considering real estate dealings in Qatar. It ensures compliance, ethical conduct, and a smoother transaction process. As you embark on your real estate journey, armed with this knowledge, navigate Qatar’s property market with confidence and legal clarity.

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